New study finds robotic physical therapy can help stroke victims recover faster
A new study finds that stroke victims who have been paralyzed on one side of their bodies can benefit from robotic physical therapy.
The recent study, done at the Kitasato University East Hospital in Kanagawa, Japan, found that 56 stroke rehabilitation patients working with a professional with a physical therapy job benefited more from robot-assisted therapy than patients working without the new technology, according to the Daily Planet Dispatch.
The new findings were recently announced at the 2011 International Stroke Conference sponsored by the American Stroke Association.
According to the study, patients using rehabilitation robotics, which involves the use of simple machines designed to help a patient enact a specific tasks, were able to repeat movements of a regime in the exact way every time. The study showed that those patients were able to re-train their brain on how to perform those movements for optimum results.
It's important to note that the robot-assisted therapy in the study was given in conjunction with standard stroke rehabilitation and did not replace it, and a majority of patients were also given an additional forty minutes of the robotic therapy per day for more than a month.
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